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by Evan Lucy

January 24, 2014

101 | Emo

Why the "Emo Revival" is a Sham

by Evan Lucy  |  January 24, 2014

The so-called emo revival is a big, fat lie. Sure, everyone from Pitchfork to NPR (and even Buzzfeed, for crying out loud) has published think pieces about the movement and how emo is allegedly "back," but the truth is whoever is saying this is just late to the game. Fans of the genre know that emo never went anywhere; you simply needed to know where to find it.

And, yes, groups like Fall Out Boy, Dashboard Confessional and My Chemical Romance earned the emo tag in the mid-2000s as slow-adapting music rags needed a neat catchall under which to file them. But when the scene's prominent torchbearers began to fall off, the genre became an afterthought to many, even though the underground was alive and well with immensely talented bands more aligned with early emo innovators such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Mineral, Owen and American Football than with the "emo" groups found on MTV and magazine covers.

These days, those allegedly in the know will rattle off names like The Front Bottoms, Touché Amoré, and Citizen when discussing the emo revival, but these bands are hardly also-rans riding the wave of the new trend. They're ingrained in the genre, and they've set themselves up to be relevant players in the scene for years to come. Get in on the ground floor with this playlist of artists other outlets have seemingly just discovered. Surely it'll be only a few months before they declare the movement dead with snappy headlines like "Emover."

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